Rodney Hogg

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Rodney Hogg
Personal information
Full name Rodney Malcolm Hogg
Born (1951-03-05) 5 March 1951 (age 65)
Melbourne, Australia
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Role fast bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 297) 1 December 1978 v England
Last Test 22 December 1984 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 53) 24 January 1979 v England
Last ODI 3 March 1985 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
1975–1976 1983–1984 South Australia
1984–1985 Victoria
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 38 71 107 107
Runs scored 439 137 1185 218
Batting average 9.75 9.13 10.48 9.08
100s/50s -/1 0/0 0/1 -/-
Top score 52 22 52 22
Balls bowled 7633 3677 19512 5582
Wickets 123 85 378 125
Bowling average 28.47 28.44 24.36 27.68
5 wickets in innings 6 0 20 6
10 wickets in match 2 n/a 4 n/a
Best bowling 6/74 4/29 7/53 4/29
Catches/stumpings 7/- 8/- 24/– 13/–
Source: [1], 6 August 2011

Rodney Malcolm Hogg (born 5 March 1951) is a former Victorian, South Australian and Australian cricketer. He was a fast bowler. Hogg played in 38 Tests and 71 ODIs between 1978 and 1985. In Tests he took 123 wickets at an average of 28.47.


Hogg had asthma as a child and battled it through his career.[1]

Hogg started out as a batsman before switching to be an aggressive fast bowler.

He played for Victorian Colts in 1972-73.[2]

He was not able to break into the Victoria side so he transferred to South Australia where he began his career in 1975–76.

1978-79 Season[edit]

He first came to prominence for Australia during the 1978–79 Ashes home series versus England where Australians were without their frontline fast bowlers, such as Dennis Lillee, due to the World Series Cricket schism. Hogg filled the void taking 41 wickets at an average of 12.85 during the six-match series, including six wickets on debut in the first innings of the first Test.[3]

Hogg began the season poorly, failing to take a wicket in a Gillette Cup game against Queensland.[4]

In 1979 Hogg was involved in an incident on the second day of the second Test between India and Australia in Bangalore. After being no-balled 11 times in six overs, Hogg bowled a beamer, kicked down the stumps and stormed off the field. His captain Kim Hughes tendered an immediate apology to the umpire and persuaded Hogg to express his apologies also.

He toured India in the 1984-85 season.

Rodney Hogg was interested in touring South Africa. He met with Ali Bacher in London during the 1983 Cricket World Cup. "I was pretty much in from day one," said Hogg. I was in my mid-30s, and the idea was that the tour wouldn't happen for another year or two. Had it been on in 1983, I'd have been less interested as I was still in the Test side and doing well at the time.... I was pretty happy with the money on offer. My career was pretty much over by then. Fast bowlers don't last forever. Prime minister [Bob] Hawke called us traitors. I thought that if it was okay for Hawke to trade with South Africa, it was okay for me to go and play cricket there."[5]

During the 1983-84 season, Hoog took 1-10 in the McDonald Cup semi final, helping South Australia win. He won man of the match.[6]

During the 1984–85 season, Hogg was made the vice-captain of the national side. However Kim Hughes resigned the captaincy and both he and Hogg signed up for two rebel tours to South Africa in 1985–86 and 1986–87 during apartheid times. This gave him a three-year ban practically ending his international career. In 1984–85 Hogg returned to play for Victoria but only played two first class matches and two one day matches. That season he mostly played for the national team and he spent the following seasons in South Africa.

"I have no regrets whatsoever about going on those tours," he said in 2016.[5]

Post-playing career[edit]

After retirement from first class cricket, Hogg was a bowling coach for the Victorian team working alongside David Hookes.

In 2005-06 he was a selector for Victoria.

He is a now a corporate speaker and cricket commentator.

On Australia Day 2012 Hogg sparked a controversy when he posted an offensive tweet about Allah. He later removed the tweet and apologised, claiming it was just a bad attempt at Australian humour.[7]

Hogg's autobiography is titled The Whole Hogg - Inside the mind of a lunatic fast bowler. He said that former England captain Mike Brearley had a "degree in people". He also predicted in his The Truth newspaper column that then unknown leg spinner Shane Warne, who had not even played for Victoria at the time, would take 500 test wickets. Hogg said he was sacked from the column soon after. Warne finished his Test career with 708 wickets.[8]

Rodney Hogg has been a regular commentator for channel 7 in Australia and since 2001 has been building up a great reputation as a corporate speaker throughout Australia. Guest appearing as an MC at many different corporate locations his reputation for public speaking has placed Rodney as one of the foremost sports speaking personalities around Melbourne and the rest of Australia.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bowl it over like Rodney Hogg did". The Australian Women's Weekly. 49, (24). Australia, Australia. 18 November 1981. p. 41. Retrieved 30 October 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. ^ "CLEWS STRIKES BLOW FOR N.S.W. COLTS". The Canberra Times. 47, (13,305). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 13 December 1972. p. 34. Retrieved 30 October 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. ^ "4th Test: 1st Test: Australia v England at Brisbane, Dec 1-6, 1978". espncricinfo. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  4. ^ "First look at Hogg, Darling". The Canberra Times. 53, (15,745). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 31 October 1978. p. 20. Retrieved 30 October 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  5. ^ a b Andrews, Crispin (12 January 2016). "Prime minister Hawke called us traitors". Cricinfo. 
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  7. ^ Wu, Andrew (26 January 2012). "Hogg tweets Australia Day slur to Muslims". Sydney Morning Herald. 
  8. ^ "Shane Warne Official Statistics". Retrieved 26 January 2012. 

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